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    Old 08-05-2011, 03:54 AM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Ok all, I got that Hitachi I have been talking about for the last couple weeks.
    That's quite the machine! With the harp space, it might be a good one to quilt with... I hope you enjoy it.
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    Old 08-05-2011, 04:42 AM
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    Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Originally Posted by grayhare
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    IA Singer:
    http://modesto.craigslist.org/atq/2526296089.html

    And A Davis NVF:
    http://modesto.craigslist.org/atq/2526424570.html


    Two for the price of one!!! I'm surprised to see another Davis so soon show up on CLs. I wouldn't pay $175 for the machine since last week one in a cabinet like this went for $65 in the Bay Area.
    Both those machines look very good. The Davis is beautiful. Never see them that nice at this end of the state.

    Would love to have that one.

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    Old 08-05-2011, 04:44 AM
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/White-Sewing-Mac...item20bb9e5c3a

    White treadle in Deerborn, Michigan - ends in 11 hours, pick up only, has no bids, no reserve, starts at $1
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    Old 08-05-2011, 06:17 AM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Ok all, I got that Hitachi I have been talking about for the last couple weeks. It is a Hitachi, not a Necchi - I have no doubt about that. It has Hitachi written in long hand, embedded, or welded, or however they did it on the actual underneath part of the bed. It also has Hitachi written in metal on both ends of the treadle and in the middle of the treadle. There are needles and bobbins that came with the machine that have a price tag written in Chinese (I think, it is Chinese) in the drawer. The thing weighs a ton. Has a reverse bar. It also has a knee lifter for the foot. Here are some pictures.

    Billy, Charlee, Miz Johnny, what do I have? I can't find anything on the inernet about a Hitachi Treadle anywhere! I know it must be an industrial machine. It has a full 9" harp space. The face is solid iron and heavy - almost dropped it when I took it off to oil the machine!
    I'm going to be looking and doing websearches for awhile on this one! :lol: Never seen one, or heard of it.
    Evidently tho, Hitachi is a company that also produces power tools. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it's a Japanese company, that this is a comercial machine not originally intended for home use, and that it was made for export rather than sale to Japanese homes (Indicated by the name being done in Western (English) lettering instead of the beautiful Japanese characters. (You'll notice that the neck is stuck out only far enough to allow "speach" and not far enough to get chopped! ;) :lol: )
    Fun find, and it'll be fun to find out more about it! :)
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    Old 08-05-2011, 06:57 AM
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    Originally Posted by vintagemotif
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    Grayhare,

    I picked up a 201-3 with a motor, whose voltage is incorrect for use in the States. It came over from Britain. When I saw the machine, I was so excited because it had an external motor, which meant I could toss the motor (take it off). I would have a Singer 201 that could be treadled (it was like finding gold). I paid $30 for machine that came with box of attachments for that beauty (its my favorite machine). I wait a bit for a cabinet, and then saw on CLs a free extremely sad cabinet with a treadle that looked ok. That cabinet had a Singer 9W1 in bad shape too. I basically picked up an extremely nice treadle that had been protected by a cabinet that was now badly damaged (the cabinet) with a machine that looked like it had been used as a parts machine. I took the cabinet off the treadle and waited for a free cabinet to show up on CLs. A couple of weeks later and a 45 mins drive in one direction, I had a cabinet top. I had to take the legs off this cabinet top since it was designed for an e-machine. I'm not into refurbishing like Glenn is, too much work. So, it was easier to find a top to switch.
    So, for $30 I had a machine in treadle.

    I say the machines have a way of finding us, just be patient.
    Vintagemotif, very nice looking machine and cabinet! I recently found a 201, sans cabinet or treadle, but with an external motor. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Patience!
    Did you post picks of your 201? Love to see it. 201s are my favorite Singers. They make the prettiest stitch top and bottom and are so quiet and smooth. And yes if it has an external motor, please toss (or keep in box) motor and start treadling with that machine. You will fall in love. :)
    I will post it today!
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    Old 08-05-2011, 07:22 AM
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    Originally Posted by Charlee
    I'm going to be looking and doing websearches for awhile on this one! :lol: Never seen one, or heard of it.
    Evidently tho, Hitachi is a company that also produces power tools. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it's a Japanese company, that this is a comercial machine not originally intended for home use, and that it was made for export rather than sale to Japanese homes (Indicated by the name being done in Western (English) lettering instead of the beautiful Japanese characters. (You'll notice that the neck is stuck out only far enough to allow "speach" and not far enough to get chopped! ;) :lol: )
    Fun find, and it'll be fun to find out more about it! :)
    Charlee that is a great looking machine and I am sure that you will have a great time finding out about it. I am sure Billy will have some information in all his research on Japanese machines.
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    Old 08-05-2011, 07:28 AM
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    Vintagemotif,
    Thank you so much for that reference. I think DH is really hot to rewire and that article makes it sound like a good idea. I don't have the physical ability to tredle, tho I'd love to be able to do it, so guess I'm stuck with that little ole electrical motor! And since it allows him to feel part of the process, what the hey, I figure he can't get into too much trouble ;) or at least it'll be trouble we can bail him out of, right?
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    Old 08-05-2011, 07:33 AM
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    Originally Posted by jljack
    Originally Posted by greenini
    crewsejm, what a cutie machine, but I can see why it might be tough to learn!
    Wow!!! Your mom made your baby clothes on that machine??? I'm soooo impressed!!! It's wonderful.
    Janice, Ha-ha, it wasn't MY mother who made my baby clothes. One of my favorite mom stories was that she had pinned a dress to hem and then hung it in the closet and proceeded to forget she'd pinned it but not finished it. She wore it to a friend's funeral all pinned up :lol:

    If my mother had had to take home ec she would have gotten a big fat F, I learned how to cook at about 10 yrs old out of self preservation so I could eat :shock:

    And sewing...not her :!:
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    Old 08-05-2011, 07:58 AM
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    Originally Posted by greenini
    Originally Posted by jljack
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    crewsejm, what a cutie machine, but I can see why it might be tough to learn!
    Wow!!! Your mom made your baby clothes on that machine??? I'm soooo impressed!!! It's wonderful.
    Janice, Ha-ha, it wasn't MY mother who made my baby clothes. One of my favorite mom stories was that she had pinned a dress to hem and then hung it in the closet and proceeded to forget she'd pinned it but not finished it. She wore it to a friend's funeral all pinned up :lol:

    If my mother had had to take home ec she would have gotten a big fat F, I learned how to cook at about 10 yrs old out of self preservation so I could eat :shock:

    And sewing...not her :!:
    Do they even do a lot with Home Ec in schools anymore? I mean the type like I remember, cooking, baking, sewing? In junior HS we had cooking and baking, and the sewing (made quite a few dresses), but but the time I got to HS it was an elective and part of the arts department. It was the era of the open-classroom idea (very short lived idea) where one huge room was broken up by partial walls, work desks and counters. one thing that stands out in my memory was a guy in Home Ec hemming at apron that looked up and laughed at me with my oxy-acetylene torch and goggles - I was in Jewelry and probably melting silver or gold at the time. My DDs both had some Home Ec, just a few weeks of each - they made a pie and for sewing got to pick from a set of kits. Not a lot of imagination there. We had to pick our patterns, materials, notions. My DM was totally down with this stuff, she was a GS leader and a 4H leader, I got to see girls come and sew before I knew how to sew. I'm the youngest girl - 3 older sisters, and at first what they had to sew their 4H projects on was a treadle machine - until the oldest got a portable Durkoff for graduation, and my mom liked so much that she bought one in a cabinet for herself. At one time we did have two treadles at my mom's house, my moms (a Singer) and my Aunts Iva's (a White)- after my mom died I'm not sure what happened to them.
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    Old 08-05-2011, 09:29 AM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    I have looked at all the new machines on here and they are just beautiful.

    Here are two machines we got this week.
    The first one is a Davis it didn't have a date but the serial # is 2751431. The 2nd one DH got because he likes fiddle base machines. It is a Singer VS2 dated 1889. This machine is sitting on our new Singer Red Eye. Haven't taken a pic of it yet.
    Trish, nice Davis and VS2, but what is the big Singer in the background? I see a second fiddle base in the picture too?

    Nancy
    Nancy the big machine you saw in the back ground is my 319. The other fiddle base is DH's 12K M.O.P. HC.

    12K M.O.P. HC dated 5/27/1876
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